Posted by: thirstnomore | December 2, 2008

Advent Conspiracy

Starting this week we will enter into a new series called “Advent Conspiracy”.  The word “Advent” is one you typically hear around Christmas time.  Advent runs through the four Sunday’ before Christmas.  The word is Latin and means “arrival” or “coming”.  It is a time of waiting and reflection on the arrival of Jesus (his first coming) and the arrival of (his second coming).  During this season we should be reflecting on Jesus and how our lives relate to our great King.  If we don’t begin now there is a good chance we will get lost in the busyness of the holiday.

Our series is an attempt to do something that is counter-cultural in nature to go against the typical consumerist mind-set of Christmas.  We want to show the world what the true meaning of Christmas is all about by giving our time, treasures, worship, and presence to people.  We want to give gifts that are meaningful this year.  Not junk that will end up in a drawer, or in the back of the closet.  We want to simplify!

We are going to focus on 4 words this series:  worship, rebel, give, and recieve.  To get us heading in the right direction I have given you a website that has a daily devotion for the Advent season.  http://www.followingthestar.org/  Take some time each day to reflect on the devotion and scripture.  It will hopefully keep us focused on God this season and not lose sight of the big picture.

The second thing:  I challenged the church on Sunday to think about one thing they could do this Christmas season to be counter-cultural.  Example:  Buy less gifts, give more, spend time with people who are lonely, fast from media and meals/food out (when you give up one thing you take that money and give a gift to an organization), or:  CCR will provide an opportunity for you to give to:  possibly “Hope International School” (Joel and Marvels ministry) to get it going next year. Make a gift for someone, give a meaningful gift, etc. If you need more ideas go to www.adventconspiracy.org

I hope this will be a good start to your Christmas and you will find Jesus to be enough for us as we journey together towards our great God and King!

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  1. It’s so hard to change from the norm!
    But we must because remembering is important and remembering accuratly is most important.

  2. I don’t know if I am so much “giving up” things as much as it is that God is removing things from me. Jobs (two in one day!) some health stuff, physical abilities, strength, certain foods, security, money, pride… I guess I need to figure out how to give up those things willingly. I have no choice in the losing, but I do have a choice in my attitude toward the losses. As Job said, shall I accept good from his hand and not bad? Shall I accept God’s blessing and curse when he withholds? I pray that I will not fail this test.


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